Tag Archive: History

Ethnobotany: Where History and Medicine Meet the Forest

The passionflower vine is beautiful and attracts butterflies, but can also be used for food and sedation drugs. Photo credit: Dorothy Birch Ethnobotany lies at the intersection of culture, medicine, and mythology. The “witch doctors” and voodoo practitioners, the followers of the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, and the wise elders of ancient Chinese civilizations are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/12/ethnobotany-where-history-and-medicine-meet-the-forest/

Are We Losing Our Natural History Skills?

Recently I attended a conference that included a series of talks at the University of Florida’s Whitney Marine Lab. One of the talks was presented by the director of the lab, Dr. Mark Martindale, who discussed the history and mission of the lab.  However, in that talk he made a comment that caught my attention. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/30/are-we-losing-our-natural-history-skills/

Tupelo Honey – Rich in Local History and Medicinal Value

The Annual Tupelo Honey Festival will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 9 AM – 4 PM at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka. It’s an exciting event, and your chance to take part in this local delicacy. Area honey producers will be on hand, selling their honey in a variety of sizes. There will …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/13/tupelo-honey-rich-in-local-history-and-medicinal-value/

New Flowers, Incredible History

Since 2005, multiple varieties of Diascia have added to the U.S. fall market of winter flowering plants. Its delicate flowers are far from ordinary though.  In the early part of the last century most British gardening encyclopedias listed just one diascia – Diascia barberae – derived from seed collected by Col. J. H. Bowker and sent by Mrs. Barber to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/11/04/new-flowers-incredible-history/

History of Snowfall in North Florida

As we experienced this week, Florida is no stranger to snow and ice!  Photo by Judy Ludlow North Florida experienced a weather delight (or distress depending on your point of view!) this week in the form of freezing rain and snow!  The words “Florida” and “snow” are two words most people would not place together …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/02/01/history-of-snowfall-in-north-florida/

Know Your Field’s Herbicide History Before You Plant!

Aminopyrolid damaged peanuts Photo by Joel Love, FDACS Planting behind Bahia Grass has long been a favored practice for watermelon growers and now row crop farmers are increasingly planting into Bahia and Bermuda grass sods. There are many benefits to the practice, but you need to know what herbicides were used when these fields were …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/09/07/know-your-fields-herbicide-history-before-you-plant/